Eliud Kipchoge runs the fastest Marathon in history

Taylor Byrd
May 14, 2017

Kenyan Olympian Eliud Kipchoge finished the full 26.2 mile marathon in two hours and 25 seconds - over two minutes faster than the current world record.

While Kipchoge's effort Saturday was more than two-and-a-half minutes faster than the world record, it will not count due to Nike's use of pace runners entering throughout the race.

Two-time Boston Marathon victor Lelisa Desisa, from Ethiopia, and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese were also part of the Breaking2 project, which started at 5:45 a.m., but finished well of the pace.

Although Eliud did not break the 2 hour marathon barrier at Nike's Breaking2, his new PB and record has proved that the impossible can be challenged and he has the courage to start and heart to finish it.

On top of using what they think is the flawless location for a fast marathon, the "Breaking2" organizers are also looking to ideal the athletes' own individual performance.

Three of the world's best - like Olympic medalists and world record holders good - runners will attempt to run a sub-2:00 marathon with the help of Nike on Saturday.

Zersenay Tadese fell off once they split 59:49 for the half marathon, running a personal best of 2:06:51.

Running a two-hour marathon is, of course, the equivalent of running 13 miles an hour, or running at a pace of 4:34 per mile.

Saturdays race was sponsored by Nike and involved just three competitors including Kipchoge. To date, the fastest marathon time by the three runners taking part in this attempt is Kipchoge's 2:03:05 in London in 2016. The current record stands at 2:02:57 (set by Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin Marathon). Runners will circle a 1.5-mile asphalt loop about 17.5 times, with sweeping turns rather than sharper corners that would require slowing down.

No one has knocked this much time off the men's world record since the 1950s.

Kipchoge's average mile pace was around four minutes and 36 seconds.

Kipchoge was running in Nike's "Breaking2" project and was joined by world-class runners Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersany Tadese of Eritrea on the Monza track, CNN reported. The current world record is almost three minutes slower. Pacers-who swapped in and out-also helped keep the runnners on track for their sub-two finished. They tested and integrated insights across the Nike Breaking2 project, gathered new data and observed first-hand the athletes daily training regimens and lifestyles, constantly looking for avenues where support could be provided.

"I think we may have to take the result with a pinch of salt, he told CNN before the race".

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